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Hyatt Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results »

July 31, 2014 at 8:21AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

July 31, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation ("Hyatt" or the "Company") (NYSE: H) today reported second quarter 2014 financial results as follows:

Adjusted EBITDA was $231 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $212 million in the second quarter of 2013, an increase of 9.0%.
Adjusted for special items, net income attributable to Hyatt was $72 million, or $0.47 per share, during the second quarter of 2014 compared to net income attributable to Hyatt of $70 million, or $0.43 per share, during the second quarter of 2013.
Net income attributable to Hyatt was $74 million, or $0.48 per share, during the second quarter of 2014 compared to net income attributable to Hyatt of $112 million, or $0...

The Westin Peachtree Plaza Launches Innovative Meeting Enhancements »

July 30, 2014 at 11:01AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Iconic Hotel Redefines Meetings Including Unique Team-Building Activities and Speakers Program
ATLANTA - July 30, 2014 -(BUSINESS WIRE) - The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta's John Portman-designed, AAA Four Diamond hotel that recently underwent a grand $70 million renovation, is redefining the meeting experience by launching several distinctive enhancements including its Think Well Speakers Program, "I Climbed The Peach" team-building challenge and Tangent™ at Westin. July 30, 2014In keeping with the Westin brand's commitment to well-being, these unique offers help planners and attendees Work Well, Move Well and Feel Well.
"By thinking outside the box, we're bringing meetings into the future and giving planners a holistic experience that anticipates and answers the needs of today's meeting attendees," said Ron Tarson, general manager of The Westin Peachtree Plaza...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Opens Fifth Property In Utah »

July 30, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lehi Thanksgiving Point is the Fifth in the Salt Lake City Area
July 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // LEHI, Utah, and MCLEAN, Va. – Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, today announced the opening of its 36th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Lehi Thanksgiving Point. The hotel is owned by TPH Investors, LLC, and is the fifth property for the brand in Utah.
"Home2 Suites is a brand that was designed to be innovative, unique and a fresh new take on the idea of traveling. This is a brand that fits well into a great area like Salt Lake City," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Debut Eco-Wise Element Brand In Aspen Valley »

July 30, 2014 at 6:34AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Slated to Open in August 2015, Element Basalt Aspen Valley will Offer Smart, Sustainable Lodging near Aspen, Snowmass Village and Outdoor Recreation Areas
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans to introduce its trailblazing Element brand to Basalt, Colorado. Set to open in August 2015, Element Basalt Aspen Valley is ideally situated near two of the nation’s most prestigious ski and mountain towns: Aspen and Snowmass Village. Owned by a joint venture between Silverwest Hotel Partners and Mariner Real Estate Management, the newly constructed Element hotel will offer a fresh, new option for travelers with 113 stylish, sustainable rooms and a light-filled atmosphere designed to fuel a life in balance and on the move...

Hyatt Place La Paz Opens In Mexico »

July 30, 2014 at 6:20AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

CHICAGO - July 30, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and Grupo Eco today announced the opening of Hyatt Place La Paz in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Hyatt Place La Paz is the second Hyatt Place hotel to open in Mexico and continues Hyatt's growth strategy in the country.
"The opening of this hotel marks the second Hyatt Place in Mexico, and we are delighted to be expanding the brand's presence in Mexico. This hotel opening is a testament to the success and value of the Hyatt Place brand"
"The opening of this hotel marks the second Hyatt Place in Mexico, and we are delighted to be expanding the brand's presence in Mexico. This hotel opening is a testament to the success and value of the Hyatt Place brand," said Myles McGourty, senior vice president, Latin America & Caribbean for Hyatt...

Three's A Charm! Wyndham Hotels And Resorts Offers Three More Reasons To Stay »

July 29, 2014 at 9:12AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Free breakfast, Free Internet and 2,000 Bonus Wyndham Rewards Points
July 29, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – For those who have yet to book their summer travel, the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand is offering three more reasons to book that trip right now: free breakfast, free Internet and 2,000 bonus Wyndham Rewards® points.
Now through Sept. 2, 2014, members of the free-to-join Wyndham Rewards program who book a qualified stay at any participating Wyndham hotel through the brand's website, www.wyndham.com, will be treated to a free daily breakfast for two, free internet access for the duration of their stay and will earn 2,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points redeemable for free hotel nights, gift cards, brand name merchandise and more...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Eco-Wise Element Brand To Debut In Syracuse, New York »

July 29, 2014 at 7:36AM PDT | Source: Element Hotels

Element Syracuse Inner Harbor to open in 2018 next to Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor in the City’s Revitalized Waterfront District
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its trailblazing Element brand is headed to Syracuse, New York. Element Syracuse Inner Harbor will open in early 2018 as part of a massive waterfront redevelopment project along the former Barge Canal. Element Syracuse Inner Harbor will be located adjacent to Aloft Syracuse Inner Harbor, which is set to open in 2015. Both hotels are owned and developed by COR Development Company, LLC, and will be managed by Real Hospitality Group.
"The Element brand is a great choice for the vibrant city of Syracuse and will provide visitors with a smart, sustainable extended stay option within the city’s redeveloped waterfront district," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

DoubleTree By Hilton Enters Qixianling, China With Newest Resort Hotel »

July 28, 2014 at 11:00AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hainan Qixianling – Hot Spring; Marks First Global Hotel Brand to Open in City of Qixianling
July 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // HAINAN-Baoting, China and MCLEAN, Va. – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hainan – Qixianling Hot Spring, on the island of Hainan, the southernmost province of the People's Republic of China. Located in the heart of beautiful Qixianling Hot Spring National Rainforest Park, the 254-room hotel is ideally situated just 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Lingshui Railway Station and 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Sanya Phoenix International Airport. The hotel is operated by Hilton Worldwide and owned by Hainan Gold Phoenix Hot Spring Resort Co...

Homewood Suites By Hilton Opens First Hotel In Charlottesville, Va. »

July 28, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT | Source: Homewood Suites by Hilton

July 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. and MCLEAN, Va. – Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide's international brand of upscale, all-suite, extended stay hotels, announced today the opening of its newest property, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlottesville, VA.
The four-story hotel is the first Homewood Suites property in the Charlottesville area and features 150 suites. The hotel is owned by Albemarle Suites, LLC, and managed by Heritage Hospitality Management, Inc. Tim Fitzgerald, general manager, and Amber Kemper, director of sales, have been in the hotel industry for a combined 45 years.
"Our property will offer guests of the Charlottesville area the amenities, quality service and added value that the Homewood Suites brand has come to be known for," said Tim Fitzgerald, general manager, Homewood Suites Charlottesville, VA...

Aloft Hotels To Expand Presence In Silicon Valley With The Signing Of Aloft Sunnyvale »

July 28, 2014 at 6:26AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Sizzling aloft Brand to Cater to Next Gen Travelers in California's Hub for Tech and Innovation
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 28, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced that its tech-forward aloft brand will soon add a second hotel in Silicon Valley. Set to open in December 2014, aloft Sunnyvale will feature 85 spacious loft-like rooms, forward-thinking technology, a lively social atmosphere and all of the brand's innovative programming. The adaptive re-use project will result in a total transformation of the Pacific Inn and will join aloft Cupertino as the second aloft hotel owned and developed by an affiliate of Shashi Corporation.
"aloft Sunnyvale will resonate with next gen travelers and area professionals with its distinctive urban design aesthetic, intuitive technologies and live music, all within close proximity of the area's leading technology and aerospace companies," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Home2 Suites By Hilton® Continues To Build Momentum In Utah »

July 28, 2014 at 4:06AM PDT | Source: Home2 Suites by Hilton

Home2 Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City-Murray is the Fourth in the Salt Lake City Area
July 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // SALT LAKE CITY and MCLEAN, Va. – Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hilton Worldwide’s award-winning mid-tier, all-suite hotel brand designed for modern business travelers and extended stay guests, today announced the opening of its 35th hotel, Home2 Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City-Murray. This is the fourth property for the brand in Utah.
"The opening of the fourth Home2 Suites in Utah is impressive, and we are thrilled to announce that it is right outside of the Salt Lake City area," said Bill Duncan, global head, Home2 Suites and Homewood Suites. "The local economy proves to be an area of opportunity for the brand to offer its unique approach to the mid-scale, extended stay hotel market...

Starwood Reports Second Quarter 2014 Results »

July 24, 2014 at 10:20AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - July 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today reported second quarter 2014 financial results.
Second Quarter 2014 Highlights

Excluding special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.77. Including special items, EPS from continuing operations was $0.80.
Adjusted EBITDA was $324 million.
Excluding special items, income from continuing operations was $147 million. Including special items, income from continuing operations was $153 million.
Worldwide Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels increased 5.3% in constant dollars (5.1% in actual dollars) compared to 2013. Systemwide REVPAR for Same-Store Hotels in North America increased 6...

Wyndham Worldwide Reports Second Quarter 2014 Earnings »

July 24, 2014 at 9:29AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Adjusted Diluted EPS Growth of 19%Raises Full Year EBITDA and EPS Guidance
PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN) today announced results for the three months ended June 30, 2014.
Second Quarter Highlights:

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $1.17, an increase of 19% from adjusted diluted EPS of $0.98 in the second quarter of 2013. Reported diluted EPS was $1.20, compared with $0.98 in the second quarter of 2013.
Revenues increased 7% compared with the second quarter of 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA increased 9% compared with the second quarter of 2013.
The Company repurchased 2.3 million shares of its common stock for $170 million...

CruiseOne® Announces 900th Franchise Location »

July 24, 2014 at 7:02AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-Based Travel Franchise Also on Track to Reach Veteran Recruitment Goal
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, a leading home-based travel franchise as part of World Travel Holdings, has reached another milestone with the opening of its 900th franchise location, with more than 100 locations opening since January 2014.
"While we are thrilled to achieve such an impressive milestone of having 900 franchisees, our ultimate goal is providing our network of franchise owners with an unparalleled level of personalized support," said Debbie Fiorino, senior vice president of CruiseOne. "We have a saying that we are large enough to lead the industry, but small enough to care about each and every franchise owner...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Launch Dual-Branded Aloft And Element Hotel Development In Columbus, Ohio »

July 24, 2014 at 6:57AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Aloft Columbus and Element Columbus to Debut in early 2017, Adjacent to the campus of The Ohio State University
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 24, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Accelerating growth in markets worldwide, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced plans for a dual-branded hotel development in Columbus, Ohio, featuring its popular Aloft and Element brands. Owned by Indus Hotels, the 136-room Aloft Columbus and 123-room Element Columbus will be ideally located adjacent to The Ohio State University, just minutes from downtown Columbus. Marking the debut of both the Aloft and Element brands in Columbus, the hotels are slated to open in early 2017.
"Our fast-growing Aloft and Element brands are a perfect fit for the lively city of Columbus and will help meet the demand for high-caliber lodging generated by The Ohio State University and the city’s thriving business community," said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

DoubleTree By Hilton Makes Minsk Move »

July 24, 2014 at 6:51AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Hotel to Form Centrepiece of Galleria Minsk, the City's New Multi-Purpose Complex
July 24, 2014 // Franchising.com // MINSK, Belarus – Hilton Worldwide today announced further expansion of its fastest growing full service brand in Eastern Europe with the signing of DoubleTree by Hilton Minsk. The brand's debut property in Belarus is expected to open by mid-2015 with project plans unveiled today at a press conference organized by property owners Galleria Concept JLLC, and follows May's successful opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Warsaw, in the capital of neighbouring Poland.
The agreement will see the development of 14 floors of a 21 storey multi-purpose tower block on the city's centrally located Pobediteley Avenue, which lies just over one kilometre from the city's historic old town and the National Exhibition Centre known as Bel Expo II...

La Quinta Holdings To Report Second Quarter 2014 Earnings And Host Conference Call »

July 22, 2014 at 9:37AM PDT | Source: La Quinta Inn

IRVING, Texas - July 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - La Quinta Holdings Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: LQ) today announced that the Company will release financial results for the second quarter 2014 after the market closes on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
The Company will host a conference call for investors and other interested parties beginning at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. The call can be accessed by dialing (877) 407-3982, or (201) 493-6780 for international participants. Participants may also access the live call via webcast by visiting the Company's investor relations website at www.lq.com/investorrelations.
The replay of the call will be available from approximately 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 12, 2014 through midnight Eastern Time on August 26, 2014...

Westin Introduces New Global Partnerships And Well-Being Council Member To Help Travelers 'Eat Well' On The Road »

July 22, 2014 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Renowned Dietician Ashley Koff Joins Westin Well-Being Council
More than Half of Travelers Crave Healthy Food Options while traveling and 41% are Afraid of Putting on the Pounds, Inspiring Starwood's Wellness Brand to Partner with SuperChefs and The Juicery
STAMFORD, Conn. - July 22, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Today, Westin Hotels & Resorts unveiled the next stage of its year-long Westin Well-Being Movement with the announcement of two new nutrition-focused partnerships with SuperChefs™ and The Juicery and the newest member of the brand's Well-Being Council, dietician Ashley Koff RD.
As an advocate for wellness and healthy eating, Westin teamed up with SuperChefs, a group of doctors, dentists, dieticians, chefs and other experts dedicated to educating kids on the importance and the fun of eating smart, to create The Westin Eat Well Menu for Kids...

Hyatt Configures Organization For Increased Adaptability And Effectiveness »

July 22, 2014 at 6:03AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Mark Hoplamazian, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), today announced organizational changes designed to support Hyatt's strategy of driving preference by providing distinctive brand experiences. The changes include the integration of the global operations structure, the formation of an integrated team to lead the Company's select service business and the creation of a new global franchising strategy function.
Chuck Floyd has been selected as Global President of Operations, effective August 1, 2014. In this newly created role, Floyd will continue to lead and develop the Company's Global Operations Center (GOC), Hyatt's shared operation services organization, and will assume responsibility for the operation of Hyatt's hotels globally...

DoubleTree By Hilton Opens New Property In San Francisco's East Bay »

July 22, 2014 at 4:37AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

With Convenient Access to Tri-Valley and Bay Area Attractions, Newly-Renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club Offers Small-Town Charms with Big-City Connections
July 21, 2014 // Franchising.com // PLEASANTON, Calif. and MCLEAN, Va – Hilton Worldwide and DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton Pleasanton at the Club, following a comprehensive multi-million dollar renovation. The 292-room hotel, formerly a Hilton Hotels & Resorts-branded property, is located in the Tri-Valley area within the East Bay region of greater San Francisco, at the crossroads of highways 580 and 680, and offers easy access to all of Northern California's best attractions, as well as the cities of Oakland and San Francisco...



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